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By Aristotle

ISBN-10: 0773516123

ISBN-13: 9780773516120

This article combines a whole translation of Aristotle's "poetics" with a operating statement, published on dealing with pages, to maintain the reader in non-stop touch with the linguistic and important subtleties of the unique whereas highlighting an important matters for college students of literature and literary thought. the quantity contains essays via George Whalley that define his process and function. He identifies a deep congruence among Aristotle's realizing of mimesis and Samuel Taylor Coleridge's view of mind's eye.

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English has no word to match the processive implications that abide in the very form of the words mimesis and poiesis. 15 Where Greek is strong, lucid, flexible and precise, and English too often, faute de mieux, driven to Latinism, a translator of the Poetics has to be crafty and unconventional, and write sentences that to an ear attuned to English philosophical writing of the last couple of centuries does not sound like philosophy at all. Again, Attic Greek uses a variety of enclitics and particles which 12 George Whalley impart subtle shades of emphasis and relation.

Else summarizes the problem as he sees it: "Although there is no reason to suspect the genuineness of this section, it is a later addition to the text of the Poetics which has been arbitrarily stuck in just here ... "39 Whalley, by contrast, thinks that it does fit better elsewhere: "Chapter 16, ill-placed where it stands by tradition in xxx Preface the text (for it breaks into a sentence that begins in chapter 15 and is resumed in chapter 17), is self-contained and is a later addition. " "In any case," he says, "it is simply an account of the techniques of 'recognition,' moving from the most mechanical to the most artistic; no connexion is drawn in chapter 16 between the technically best 'recognition' and the concern of chapter 11 - the emotionally best" (88).

The Western paradigm of reading: a showdown on a deserted main street? This may apply to certain kinds of reading, but it's doubtful that it applies to the Poetics. First, the integrity of the text is far from simply given, no matter how conservative the editorial principles. And second, a text designed to be listened to as much as, or more than, to be read, implies a more sociable, a more collaborative enterprise from the start. No one voice in this discussion gets the last word. It's clear that Aristotle has a sort of running dialogue going with figures such as Homer, Sophocles, and Euripides, who are repeatedly and explicitly cited; but there is the even more dynamic, yet hidden, polemic with Plato, who is never named.

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